• Departures daily
From Tel Aviv: 12.30 (12.30pm) - 175 shekels
Meeting place: Alrozorov (Merkaz) rail station see map
From Jerusalem: 14.00 (2pm) - 140 shekels
Meeting place: YMCA, King David St., Jerusalem - see map
Return at 20.00 (8pm)
21.00 (9pm) Arrive back in Jerusalem
22.00 (10pm) Arrive back in Tel Aviv
The Taybeh Oktoberfest is two days filled with Palestinian music, culture, and of course, beer. This festival is an annual tradition that brings together thousands of visitors.
Download the brochure at this link.
The Taybeh Brewery, just north of Jerusalem, was established in 1995 by the Khoury family and produces fine beers on a par with the best microbreweries in Europe and the USA. Taybeh, a Christian Palestinian village, is also famous for its handmade olive oil soap, ceramic 'peace lamps', and crafts cooperatives.
Taybeh today is a dynamic village which welcomes visitors with hospitality and warmth. The festival will feature local crafts and music, and tours of the brewery, churches, and archeological site.
The history of Taybeh dates back 5000 years ago as one of the most ancient places in Palestine established originally with the name Ofra (Ophrah) mentioned 11 times in the Torah (Old Testament, Book of Joshua 18:21-23: "The tribe of Benjamin, clan by clan, had the following cities: Jericho, Beth Hoglah, Emek Keziz, Beth Arabah, Zemaraim, Bethel, Avvim, Parah, Ophrah...").
Later the town was called Ephraim and mentioned in the New Testament (Christian Bible: Gospel of John 11:54. "Jesus therefore walked no more openly among the Jews; but went thence unto a country near the wilderness, into a city called Ephraim..."). The modern name Taybeh is coined from Saladin (12th century).
Today Taybeh is a modern village with grand traditions. As a Christian village in the West Bank, the residents educate their children at one of the local Church-run schools, and have become relatively prosperous amid the challenges of the ongoing Occupation.
The Festival is sponsored by
- Taybeh Municipality,
- Taybeh Brewery
- Olive Branch Foundation
- Local clergy
- Catholic Church of Taybeh
- Greek Orthodox Church of Taybeh
- Taybeh Scouts
- Taybeh Women's Benevolent Society
- Taybeh Cooperation for Country Development
- Taybeh Ladies Social Organization
- Taybeh Women's Lending and Saving
- Mar Afram Professional Cooperative Society
- Holylanders Association for Preservation of Christian Heritage